OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

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What is OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent, persistent obsessions or compulsions. Obsessions are the intrusive ideas, thoughts, or images and compulsions are repetitive and seemingly purposeful behavior generally recognized as senseless.

What is it like to have OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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What do patients take to treat OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) and its symptoms?

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Actan, Flunil, Fluxene) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
68
Treatment name(s)

(Altruline, Apo-Sertraline, Daxid) 11 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
46
Treatment name(s)
Type
Psychotherapy
How many have tried
44
Treatment name(s)

(APO Clonazepam, Clonex, Clonotril) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
42
Tried for
Anxious mood (40) Insomnia (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Lorazepam, Ativan, Ativan SL) 7 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
34
Treatment name(s)

(Cobalt-Quetiapine, Dopaquel, Ketipinor) 4 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
33
Tried for
Insomnia (27) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Citalopram, Alcytan, Celexa) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
29
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cipralex, Es Pramcit, Esipram) 6 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adco-alzam, Alprax, Alprazol) 15 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
26
Tried for
Anxious mood (25) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar) 11 more
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
24
Tried for
Insomnia (24)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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You’ve tried this treatment.

Compare treatments for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)

You’ve tried
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
How many evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Actan, Flunil, Fluxene) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (18 evaluations)
Side effects
Fatigue Apathy 12 more
How many evaluations
28
Treatment name(s)

(Altruline, Apo-Sertraline, Daxid) 11 more
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (17 evaluations)
Side effects
Dry mouth Sex drive (libido) decreased 17 more
How many evaluations
31
Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
for OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (6 evaluations)
Side effects
How many evaluations
6
Treatment name(s)

(APO Clonazepam, Clonex, Clonotril) 7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (25 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleepiness Bipolar depressive episodes 16 more
How many evaluations
31
Tried for
Anxious mood (40) Insomnia (8)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Lorazepam, Ativan, Ativan SL) 7 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Addiction 6 more
How many evaluations
24
Treatment name(s)

(Cobalt-Quetiapine, Dopaquel, Ketipinor) 4 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (21 evaluations)
Side effects
Drowsiness Headaches 19 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Insomnia (27) OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) (5)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(APO-Citalopram, Alcytan, Celexa) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (20 evaluations)
Side effects
Anorgasmia Anxiety and frustration 5 more
How many evaluations
28
Tried for
Depressed mood (16) Anxious mood (7)
2 more
Treatment name(s)

(Cipralex, Es Pramcit, Esipram) 6 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Depressed mood (13 evaluations)
Side effects
Sex drive (libido) decreased Abdominal bloating 20 more
How many evaluations
27
Tried for
Depressed mood (17) Anxious mood (14)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Adco-alzam, Alprax, Alprazol) 15 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Anxious mood (15 evaluations)
Side effects
Bad taste in mouth Drowsiness 2 more
How many evaluations
19
Tried for
Anxious mood (25) Insomnia (1)
1 more
Treatment name(s)

(Ambien, Ambien CR, Edluar) 11 more
Perceived effectiveness
for Insomnia (24 evaluations)
Side effects
Sleep Walking Addictive (prefer to take a pill every night to sleep very soundly) 11 more
How many evaluations
24
Tried for
Insomnia (24)

Data from patients with OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder), who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Who has OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 64
20s 758
30s 932
40s 886
50s 536
60s 172
70+ 35

Gender

Distribution of females vs. males

76% Females
24% Males
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 883
20-29 years 223
30-39 years 123
40-49 years 56
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 2
70+ years 1

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1,729
Not Diagnosed 1,768

These charts show data from OCD patients who have completed their condition history
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